Compulsive Disorders Therapy NYC

If you or a loved one has a compulsive disorder, our expert therapists can help.

Therapy for Compulsive Disorders

If you have experienced compulsions or compulsive behaviors, you know that some times you engage in behaviors that may be really self-defeating and a waste of your time and money. You may also battle all kinds of feelings that come along in the aftermath like guilt, embarrassment, shame, anger, anxiety, and depression. The good news is that our compassionate NYC therapists can help.

How Our NYC Therapists Can Help

New York Behavioral Health therapists use best practices. Since we use scientifically supported treatments for compulsive disorders, there is good reason to believe you can find relief soon.

  • Practice mindfulness
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Build awareness
  • Feel more in control of your body

Types of Therapy for Compulsive Disorders

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is the approach our NYC therapists seek to reduce the intensity and frequency of a client’s emotional pain, suffering, and self-defeating behaviors. CBT can help clients to cultivate skills leading to goal achievement and life satisfaction by assessing and treating:

  • Cognitions what we think
  • Behaviors what we do and say
  • Emotions how we feel
  • Relationships how we interact with others

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is what’s considered a “third-wave” type of therapy developed after CBT. ACT can help you learn how to drop the struggle with any negative thoughts you have, rather than trying to push them away or defeat them. By building distance between yourself and your thoughts and emotions, your symptoms will likely naturally decrease.

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).  It has been applied to various mental disorders, e.g., anxiety, anger, depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, etc. REBT was created by Dr. Albert Ellis. Al Ellis was originally trained as a psychoanalyst and began practicing psychoanalysis in New York City. After working with his patients for some time, he became dissatisfied with the lack of progress they were making. At this point he decided to return to his long-term passion, philosophy, to see if the wisdom there could benefit clients.

He developed the ABC model of emotional disturbance largely based on the work of philosophers who emphasized the role of beliefs and thinking in influencing emotional states.  The REBT ABC model is an acronym that stands for Activating Events, Beliefs, and Consequences. Consequences include both emotional consequences and behavioral consequences. REBT therefore conceptualizes emotional disturbances like anxiety, as a result of the combination of  an activating event and one’s beliefs about the activating event, the self, life and the future.

What are Compulsive Disorders?

You may have heard of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), but what is lesser known is that some people suffer from symptoms similar to these behaviors. These people are not typically tortured by the thoughts that OCD sufferers experience, but they do have trouble controlling certain behaviors. Instead of rituals, people who suffer from compulsions usually partake in some maladaptive behaviors, such as drug abuse, gambling, sex compulsions, stealing, hoarding, etc. They feel as though they can’t help but commit these acts even though he or she is aware that these behaviors seriously damage some part of his or her life.

Who Suffers from Compulsive Disorders?

The people who suffer from this disorder are more concerned with the act than the outcome; such as very wealthy people who steal, or a person who enjoys the rush of gambling even when he or she loses.  Many people who are said to have “addictive personalities” are probably actually suffering from compulsive behavior disorder.

Compulsive Disorders Specialists

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How Therapy for Compulsive Disorders Works

Step one

Connect with your therapist by either completing our appointment request form or reaching out to our care coordinators over the phone.

Step two

Attend a 45 minute intake session, where you will get to know your chosen therapist. The point of this visit is to learn what brought you to therapy and how we can help.

Step three

In each ongoing session, you and your therapist will use trusted therapy approaches to help you develop and reach your goals. Collaboratively, you’ll connect in a safe, comfortable space to help you engage in your life in the way you want.

Contemporary care

Empathetic Experts

Our therapists and coaches have combined decades of experience and are specially trained to provide high quality, compassionate support for your health and wellbeing.

Goal oriented

We’re dedicated to using evidence-based methods to ensure you receive the most effective treatment and meet your goals.

Here to support you

personalized matching

We know that having a better relationship with your therapist leads to better outcomes, so we carefully match you with the right therapist to fit your unique needs.


compassionate care

It’s important to our therapists that you feel safe, seen, and understood in therapy. Our offices are judgment-free spaces.

Let's help you break free from the weight of your compulsions.

Compulsive disorders can weigh you down, but therapy can help you live the life you want. Our NYC therapists have expertise in treating compulsive disorders and will create a personalized treatment plan with you to manage your compulsions, learn new skills, and enjoy your life.

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